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Cloud Studio—a suite of cloud hosting solutions connected by our first-class API

Rock-solid reliability

Confidently deploy and back up workloads with enterprise-grade nodes and redundant networking and storage.

Instant scalability

In one click, increase or decrease your cloud hosting resources as needed to maintain optimal performance.

Custom API

A robust API, Terraform provider, and WHMCS plugin allow easy integration and automation across our cloud hosting platform.

Management flexibility

Different levels of management and optional control panel licenses mean you aren’t locked into services and features that don’t make sense for you.

Concentrated power

Get as many or as few resources as you want, your choice. Plus, you can hot-resize from cloud VPS to dedicated cloud and vice versa, any time without the hassle of migrating.

Self-management

Root access and our portal’s management tools give you full server control.

Backups and snapshots

Daily backups and snapshot capabilities are available.

Linux and Windows distros

We support AlmaLinux, Rocky Linux, Ubuntu, and Windows 2019 and 2022.

The ultimate in on-demand flexibility and scalability

DDoS attack protection

Get real-time monitoring to mitigate malicious traffic and shield your website and server from sudden attacks.

Cloudflare CDN

Offset performance load to worldwide servers to speed up your site and enhance security protection.

Gigabit uplink

Get free data transfers for all inbound GB bandwidth and 5TB bandwidth on a fast GB network on dedicated Gigabit uplinks.

Server Secure Plus advanced security

Optimize security settings with exclusive Server Secure protection available for fully managed Windows and Linux servers.

Unlimited sites with InterWorx

Get centralized hosting management and complete server control for all of your websites and servers.

Plesk and cPanel available

Easily manage your servers with system-level control that includes automated updates, application deployment, and maintenance.

Root access

Root-level access gives you full management control of your server environment.

100% network and power uptime SLAs

Get both 100% guaranteed power and network uptime assurance for all major routing devices within the network.

Dedicated IP address

Enhance performance, speed, and protection for your websites from a secure dedicated IP address.

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Quick tips

What to look for in a cloud hosting provider

By considering these factors and conducting thorough research, you can choose a cost-efficient cloud hosting provider that meets your business needs and helps you achieve your goals.

Reliability

Look for a cloud hosting provider with proven high availability and redundancy to ensure your applications and data are always accessible.

Security

Your cloud hosting provider should have robust security measures to protect your data and applications from cyber threats and other risks.

Scalability

Your cloud hosting provider should be able to quickly and easily scale your infrastructure resources up or down to match your changing business needs.

Performance

Your cloud hosting provider should offer fast and responsive infrastructure resources to ensure your applications run smoothly and efficiently.

Pricing and flexibility

Look for a cloud hosting provider that offers flexible pricing options and allows you to pay only for what you use.

Support and customer service

Your cloud hosting provider should offer reliable and responsive customer support to help you resolve any issues that may arise.

Location and data sovereignty

Consider the location of your cloud hosting provider’s data centers and whether they comply with local data sovereignty laws and regulations.

Integration and compatibility

Your cloud hosting provider should be compatible with the applications and software you use and offer easy integration options.

Reputation and reviews

Look for a cloud hosting provider with a good reputation and positive reviews from other customers.

A commitment to excellence

Hassle-free data migrations

Our premium migration services give you peace of mind while you transfer your hosting.

Best 24/7 support

You have access to the most qualified cloud experts in the industry via chat, call, or ticket.

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Quick answers to your cloud questions

What is cloud hosting?

Unlike dedicated servers, cloud hosting offers a collection of virtual servers connected to a network, which operate as a “pool” of shared resources. 

Is cloud hosting hosting secure?

Cloud hosting can be secure, often more secure than traditional on-premises hosting, but its security depends on the cloud provider’s practices.

How much does cloud hosting cost?

Cloud costs vary, but the most popular billing models are pay-as-you-go, pay in advance, and paying for spot instances. The average price is $300/mo.

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How to choose

Is cloud hosting right for your business?

Whether for running complex applications, managing large-scale websites, or deploying development environments, cloud web hosting provides the infrastructure needed to support diverse and demanding workloads.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to determine if cloud web hosting is right for you.

What are your current IT needs?

Cloud hosting can be an excellent solution for businesses that need flexibility and scalability in their IT infrastructure.

Do you have a predictable workload?

Comparing dedicated servers vs cloud hosting can help you match your infrastructure resources and workload with the capacity you need when needed.

What’s your budget?

Cloud hosting can be a cost-effective solution for businesses that want to reduce upfront capital expenses and only pay for what they use.

What’s your growth plan?

If you expect your business to grow rapidly, cloud hosting can be a good choice because it can quickly and easily scale to meet your needs.

How critical is uptime for your business?

Cloud hosting providers often offer high availability and redundancy to ensure uptime. Therefore, cloud hosting may be a good fit if your business requires constant availability.

How sensitive is your data?

If you have sensitive data, it’s essential to consider the security measures provided by the cloud hosting provider.

Quick guide

How to identify if your hosting is cloud-based

More businesses are turning to cloud-based hosting for its numerous advantages. In fact, 63% of businesses worldwide report heavy cloud usage.

Here are some key indicators to help you determine if your hosting solution leverages the power of the cloud.

Multiple servers

One clear indicator that your hosting is cloud-based is the use of multiple servers to manage your website or application.

Your resources, data, and configuration settings are spread across these servers in different places, and they’re all connected.

Abstraction layer

Cloud hosting is enabled by an abstraction layer on servers, decoupling physical servers from the virtualization software running on them.

You essentially operate through a “virtual machine,” which, on the backend, accesses all the linked locations that store your data.

Resilience

Because the load is distributed across several servers, the failure of one server does not impact the overall system.

Automation

Cloud resources can be automatically provisioned and scaled in real time with minimal manual intervention.

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Cloud web hosting FAQ

Expect complete control and flexibility. Unlike other cloud providers, Liquid Web gives you the ability to opt into the features you need and want, like management and control panel licenses. This cuts unnecessary costs and gives you hosting on your terms. Liquid Web cloud servers also come with automatic infrastructure upgrades and maintenance, so you can focus on growing your business. And because you have access to our cloud support team, you’re only a click or call away from optimizing your solution.

The cloud is a broad term that encompasses just about everything accessible on the internet. The use of “cloud” as it relates to computing started being used in 2006. Like clouds in the sky that cover vast areas, the internet spans the globe, providing universal access to computing resources and services. The term “cloud” captures this idea of connectivity and accessibility.

There are five main types of cloud hosting:

Shared cloud hosting

Shared cloud hosting involves multiple websites using a single virtualized server, with all resources distributed among them.

Dedicated cloud hosting

Dedicated cloud hosting is a portion of a virtualized server, or an entire virtualized server, that you don’t share with anyone.

Cloud VPS hosting

Cloud VPS is a form of cloud hosting where you can purchase individual instances on a virtual private server (VPS).

Managed cloud

Managed cloud refers to any cloud environment where the hosting provider takes care of server management and support.

Self-managed cloud

Self-managed cloud is where the owner manages the cloud server in its entirety.

Liquid Web offers a variety of cloud hosting solutions that can be tailored to your business requirements:

Not seeing what you need? Contact us now, and we’ll find the right cloud solution for you.

Cloud hosting is a specific subset of cloud computing focused on hosting websites and web applications with resources, redundancy, and scalability. Most web projects can thrive on cloud hosting services.

Cloud computing is a broader term that encompasses a wider range of services. This includes infrastructure (IaaS), platforms (PaaS), and software (SaaS) delivered over the internet. It’s used for complex computing tasks such as data storage, processing, application development, and machine learning.

While a cloud host can provide a wide net of digital security, it’s still important that the user handles their side of the house. We recommend the following best practices:

  • User permissions
  • Setting up 2FA
  • Accurate access control lists
  • Regular audits and compliance scans
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Security training
  • Application updates

The costs of cloud hosting

Downtime costs

Downtime refers to a period during which you cannot access data uploaded to the cloud. It can result in service disruption and loss of access to essential data.

When choosing a cloud provider, you should be more inclined to choose one with the least known outages in recent years.

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System overload

Service providers may offer limited resources and infrastructure to users. When the resource demand exceeds the available capacity, the system can become overloaded, leading to downtime.

Maintenance

Cloud service providers need to perform regular maintenance and updates to ensure the stability and security of their systems. During maintenance periods, the service may be temporarily unavailable.

Hardware or software failure

Hardware or software failures can cause downtime in cloud computing. If the hardware or software running the cloud service fails, the system can become unavailable.

Network issues

Cloud services rely on networks to connect users to the system. Network issues such as outages, latency, or connectivity problems can lead to downtime.

Human error

Human error, such as misconfiguration, incorrect settings, or accidental deletion, can lead to downtime in cloud computing.

Security costs

Depending on the provider’s security scope, stored data might not be as secure as you’d want it to be. This especially impacts big companies that store large amounts of data in the cloud, which can cause economic losses.

Before adopting cloud technology, check where your provider stores data and what cloud security practices are in place.

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Resource limitations

Many cloud storage service providers limit the bandwidth of their users. Therefore, additional and sometimes costly charges will be assessed if your company exceeds its allotment.

Cloud backups and other features

Cloud providers make it relatively straightforward to recover lost files. Depending on the storage needed or your backup retention schedule, backup services can add a significant cost to your hosting environment.

Security vulnerability costs

Free cloud services offer fewer security options than paid ones. You’re almost entirely dependent on a third party, which means you transfer control of your data to them.

Cyberattacks

Cyberattacks, such as DDoS attacks, can overload the system, making it unavailable. Security breaches or other malicious activities can also compromise the system and cause downtime.

CapEx vs OpEx costs

Forecasting expenses can make a difference when cloud computing investments take place, especially in relation to digital-first businesses.

To determine if cloud hosting is best for your business, it’s important to consider CapEx vs OpEx models.

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CapEx

Capital expenditures, or CapEx, refer to any capital expenses made annually. It improves a business’s fixed assets, like software, licensing, infrastructure, and properties. These assets add value to resources needed in the long run. CapEx is mainly an indicator of a company’s current life cycle and current state.

OpEx

Operational expenditures, or OpEx, are the day-to-day expenses of a company, like software support, research, wages, and any provided service. Of course, you must consider current service expenses, long-term costs, and taxes. In OpEx’s case, you essentially pay as you go.

Key differences

Both CapEx and OpEx impact your budget and balance sheet. CapEx has longer approval times due to higher costs and potential unexpected expenses, while OpEx has fewer costs. However, CapEx may attract more investors.

How it connects to cloud hosting

Cloud hosting, in most cases, can transition CapEx into a cost-efficient OpEx model. With the right provider, the cost of IT maintenance and expertise is reduced. And because cloud services are centered on scalability, it allows companies to control OpEx and they grow.

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Why choose Liquid Web as your cloud provider?

By conducting thorough research, you can choose a cost-efficient cloud hosting provider that meets your business needs and helps you achieve your goals.

That’s why Liquid Web has packed in plenty of features to maximize the value of your investment.

Solid platform

Confidently deploy and back up workloads with enterprise-grade nodes and redundant networking and storage.

Linux and Windows distros

We support AlmaLinux, Rocky Linux, Ubuntu, and Windows 2019 and 2022.

Instant scalability

In one click, increase or decrease your resources as needed to maintain optimal performance.

Excellent API documentation

Error code definitions, human-readable descriptions, and more enhance the developer experience.

Backups and snapshots

Daily backups and snapshot capabilities are available.

Self-management

Root access and our portal’s management tools give you full server control.

Cloud hosting vs shared hosting, which should you choose?

Shared hosting

Shared hosting involves subdividing a physical server to host multiple websites simultaneously. The sites are isolated from each other, have an allocated amount of resources, and are enclosed in a pre-defined environment.

Shared hosting is the default option for small sites with little to medium traffic flow. A few use cases could be personal blogs, reference guides, informative sites, personal storage, or testing environments.

Pros of shared hosting

  • Low cost
  • Virtually zero maintenance
  • Software and visual interfaces

Cons of shared hosting

  • Performance and resources
  • No customization
  • Targeted cyberattacks

Shared hosting plans are the least expensive solution by a mile, making them the default choice for those who want to get their business online or build an online presence. Shared hosting providers are in charge of most server maintenance, making it a hassle-free environment for the end user.

But there are drawbacks. Since all the sites on the server are competing for resources, if one of them has a spike in traffic, it could affect the rest of the sites on the server. That means your site could slow down or crash. And while cheaper, shared hosting is also less secure. If one website is hacked, the next course of action is to attack the rest of the sites on that same server.

Cloud hosting

Cloud hosting is designed to handle high volumes of traffic more efficiently than shared hosting. Also, because the sites are running on a virtual instance, scalability isn’t an issue, and resources can be scaled at any point.

Cloud server hosting is ideal for high-performance, secure, and scalable sites, including low-traffic sites with heavy computational tasks or custom setups. It’s commonly used for gaming servers, high concurrency stores, streaming platforms, and HIPAA requirements.

Pros of cloud hosting

  • Higher performance
  • Reliability
  • Control and customization

Cons of cloud hosting

  • Higher cost
  • Maintenance and security

With a cloud server, you have total control of the virtual machine. This includes root connections and the ability to access the system core files and configuration. This is especially relevant for users that have very specific setups.

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